July 28, 2023
Telling the story of agriculture is vital to every farmer, agribusinessman and entrepreneur, and more than 200 gathered at ISG Field in Mankato, Minn., for the fourth annual Celebration of Agriculture.
With the backdrop of the Mankato MoonDogs taking on the Bismarck Larks in Northwoods League action, agriculture leaders gathered to address the challenges facing agriculture today — but also the opportunities.
“There’s less than 2% of us left as part of the population” involved in agriculture, says Gary Koch, Christsensen Farms vice president and general counsel. “And people simply and plainly don’t know what the opportunities in agriculture are.”
He adds, “We have been our own worst enemies up until now of letting people know, especially the young people — that opportunities are here, that they can make a good living here and have a good family life.”
Uncertainty has always plagued American agriculture, and the current times are no different. But Koch sets the scene with the Winston Churchill quote: “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.”
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